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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: This interactive slideshow reflects 2010 year in review.  The U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California, continued to provide quality service while managing the number of filings.  Use the arrows to navigate through the slides.
RECORD FILINGS: The Court continued to provide quality public service while managing record-breaking filings for the third consecutive year. This year, the Court led the nation with 142,789 cases filed.
TRANSITIONS: Chief Judge Vincent P. Zurzolo's term ended and the gavel was passed to the Honorable Peter H. Carroll.  Judges Catherine E. Bauer and Deborah Saltzman were sworn in. Judge Samuel L. Bufford retired.
MOVING FORWARD TOGETHER: The Clerk's Office named Kathleen J. Campbell as the new Clerk of Court and 49 new employees joined the Court family. Action plan priorities focused on operational improvements, effective communication, training, outreach and recognizing staff.
INNOVATIONS: Enhancements to the Court's calendaring, order and case management systems, along with significant investment in the Court's network, hardware and software, led to substantial improvements in case processing capabilities.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: A new Staff Development Department was created, revitalizing the Court's commitment to employee growth and development.  Staff completed 5,635 hours of training and 204 classes, including courses in automation and communication.
PARTNERING WITH THE BAR: The Bar Advisory Board, comprised of 12 volunteer attorneys, worked with the Chief Judge to improve operations, proposing new forms, procedures and rules, and provided training programs to the legal community.
PUBLIC OUTREACH: Over 76,000 unrepresented parties in all five divisions were provided access to pro bono and low-cost legal services. The Court continued to lead the nation in pro se filings, comprising over 26 percent of all filings in 2010.
OPERATIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS: The Clerk's Office closed a record number of cases, paying out over $6.16 million in trustee payments, a new post-BAPCPA record.  A new Forms Task Force, with members from the Clerk's and Chambers staff, was created to establish standards.
NEW WAYS OF WORKING: Due to inadequate space in the Riverside Division, Judges Ellen Carroll and Thomas Donovan conducted Riverside hearings via videoconference from Los Angeles. Space was reconfigured and new video hearing equipment installed.
WORKING SMARTER: A new district-wide high-production Operations Team was formed to support both internal and external users and manage district-wide high-volume case processing, enabling staff to telework up to three days per week.
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